The girls and I were in Spokane yesterday doing our usual "city day" errands. One particular errand took us near a mall. We had a little spare time, so on impulse I asked the girls if they wanted to walk around. Malls are far away from us and we seldom set foot inside one, so this was a rare treat.
But the inside startled us. It seemed barren, with empty storefronts everywhere. Keep in mind this was a Thursday afternoon, about 1 pm.
The mall was spacious and well-lit with two floors, but I'm estimating about half (or more) of the store fronts were empty. The food court, which should have been decently full of people since it was still lunch time, only had about three out of (perhaps) fifteen food vendors open. One or two tables had diners, that was it.
We passed some interesting displays, such as this "trashion" exhibit (fashions made of trash), some of which were very clever.
There were a few vibrant corners in some spots, but you'll notice shoppers are conspicuously absent.
And so much of the mall was dismally empty. At this point it seemed like a downward spiral with no shops to attract shoppers, and no shoppers to keep shops in business.
The interesting thing is this mall is located in an enormously crowded part of Spokane in what seems like a decent neighborhood. It has some large anchor stores -- Sears, Barnes & Noble, Macy's. Yet it's dying.
Oh, I forgot to add... we've been in this mall before. We pop in every couple of years. In prior times it was bustling, with full store fronts and lots of people.
It is just this mall, or is it malls in general? We don't go into enough different ones to know. Thoughts?